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Prosecutor determines officer-involved shooting justified

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - The Spokane County prosecutor has determined a deadly officer-involved shooting in Spokane Valley last September was justified.

On Sept. 5, 2012, deputies Aaron Childress and Eric Werner responded to a domestic violence call at 1309 Skipworth Ct. in Spokane Valley. Edward Gover was returning to his girlfriend's house after he engaged in a brief chase with deputies in his her Mercedes Benz.

As he moved into her backyard he was confronted by deputies Childress and Werner.

When Childress and Werner confronted Gover, he told them he had a knife and was going to kill them. Gover hid one hand behind his back as if he had something in it and charged Childress.

"At that point, he's coming at the deputies; he's already told them you're going to have to kill me. Deputies don't know what kind of weapon he has and it was a lethal force situation," Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said at the time of the shooting.

Gover got within 10 feet of Childress; both Childress and Werner opened fire on him, hitting him.

Deputies began performing CPR on Gover, who was pronounced dead at the hospital.

It was later determined Gover did not have a knife.

The prosecutor determined there was no criminal liability in the case and no charges will be filed against Childress or Werner.